College of Design – Career Week

The College of Design Career Week is between February 13th to 17th in Lawrence Hall.

Navigate your career!

Practice your career skills and strategies.
Application Processes • Internships • Interviews • Resume Building


Résumés & Cover Letters

Wednesday, February 8 // 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. @ LA 278

Learn the basics of résumé and cover letter development including how to create content that highlights your skills and accomplishments. If you have a draft of your résumé, bring it with you for feedback.

Engaging with your Professional Community

Thursday, February 9 // 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. @ LA 286

Talking with established career professionals can sometimes feel intimidating. Boost your confidence by learning how to prepare for and engage in these conversations. We’ll also discuss how to follow up with and maintain these connections.

Drop-in Resume Review

Friday, February 10 // 10:00 - 11:45 a.m. @ LA 277

Preparing for Interviews

Friday, February 10 // 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. @ LA 278

Learn strategies to help you get ready for interviews including predicting questions, preparing responses, and engaging in conversations to promote your abilities and assess employment opportunities.


Student Fellowship Exploration Day 

Monday, February 13 // 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Hayden Gallery

Learn about incredible opportunities to obtain fellowships and make a difference with representatives of the Oregon Sea GrantHatfield FellowshipsPeace Corps, and Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE)


PPPM Panelists

Jenny Engels
Jenny Engels – Oregon Sea Grant
Jenny Engels coordinates Oregon Sea Grant's undergraduate programs and co-leads Oregon Sea Grant's Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion group. She received her Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she then spent 12 years as faculty. Her primary research interests include evidence-based practices for effective STEM instruction, the role of culture and science in supporting undergraduate pathways to four-year degree completion, and community-engaged research.
Meaghan Lingo

Meaghan Lingo – Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University

Meaghan Lingo serves as the Public Service Fellowship Administrator for the Center for Public Service. In this role, she works with recent graduates, local organizations, and governmental agencies to support students entering the field of public service. Prior to joining the CPS team, Meaghan was an elementary school teacher in Portland for several years, and most recently worked as a program coordinator at a local nonprofit. She holds a bachelor’s degree in global studies and earned her master's of science in conflict resolution from PSU in 2018. Meaghan enjoys spending time with her partner and their cat, making homemade pizza for friends and family, and taking on craft projects of all shapes and sizes.


Carolyn Williams

Carolyn Williams – Peace Corps 

Carolyn is a life-time Eugene resident. She left for college (she earned a BA in English from OSU - don’t hold it against her), but returned right after graduation. Her career, thusfar, has been in education, starting as a pre-school teacher locally, then serving as an English Education volunteer for Peace Corps in Azerbaijan. When she returned from her service, she earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University and has been working as a teacher (mostly in middle schools) for the past 12 years. Currently Carolyn works at the University Career Center in Tykeson Hall as the Campus Peace Corps Recruiter. She is passionate about community service and working to make Eugene a safe and happy place for all residents. She is currently the chair of the Civilian Review Board, which oversees the police oversight process in Eugene.


Victoria Binning

Victoria Binning – Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE)

Victoria has been a Program Coordinator for the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) AmeriCorps Program since 2020. She supports both RARE members and supervisors throughout the service year, loves making training agendas, and adding color-coded spreadsheets to any project. She is a proud graduate of Willamette University (Go Bearcats!), an unabashed lover of Oregon trivia, and a two-time AmeriCorps alum. Her own RARE year, from 2015-2016, was spent on the Southern Oregon Coast, getting to the root of challenges facing local seafood and the small-boat fishing industry.


Ryan M. Ghiha
Ryan M. Gliha - US Department of State

Ryan M. Gliha arrived as Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest in August 2021, where he serves as the U.S. Department of State’s lead recruiter and engages audiences throughout northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Prior to this assignment, Ryan served as Principal Officer and Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 2018 to 2021, and served concurrently as the official U.S. Representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the second largest international organization in the world after the United Nations. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, Ryan previously served as Chargé d’affaires from 2017 to 2018 at the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar after serving as Deputy Chief of Mission from 2015 through 2017. Ryan served as Director of the Regional Media Hub and Arabic Language Spokesperson for the Bureau of Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London, United Kingdom from 2012-2015. During that assignment, Ryan also served as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Media in the Bureau of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2014. Ryan’s other Foreign Service assignments include Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in Washington, Public Affairs Officer in Beirut, Lebanon, Public Affairs Officer in Sanaa, Yemen, and Cultural Affairs Officer in Beirut. Ryan started his diplomatic career in 2002 in Jeddah as Vice Consul.

Ryan received his Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the Honors College at Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Ryan speaks Arabic, French, Uzbek, and Persian. He is married to Jamie Tronnes and they are the proud parents of a seven-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son.

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Virtual Career & Networking Fair

Tuesday, February 14 // 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Handshake

In-Person Career & Networking Fair

Thursday, February 16 // 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. @ Lawrence Hall

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Student Career Exploration Day

Wednesday, February 15 // 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. @ Willcox Hearth

Career with a BA in Art History ------------------------------------- 2:30 – 3:50 p.m.

  • Kyle Swatzlender (BA '14; MS '18 from UT Austin), Registrar at the Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Katelyn Jones (BA '21), presently pursuing MA in art history at Case Western Reserve University;

Career with a Graduate Degree in Art History ​​​​​​-------------------- 4:00 – 5:20 p.m.

Reception ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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Career Futures

Friday, February 17 // 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Individual portfolio review and “ask me anything” sessions for students with panelists will follow each panel for one hour.
Please visit the Student Services “Career Futures 2023” page for more info on confirmed panelists.

Product Design Panel Discussion  ----- 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. @ LA 261

Panelists: Becky Chierichetti, Stefán Cristobal, Erick Ikeda, Sean Kelly, Liz Zarro
Moderator: Hale Selek

Individual Portfolio Review Sessions for Students with Product Design Panelists
– 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @ LA 249

Art Panel Discussion ​​​​----- 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ LA 261

Panelists: Kate Ali, Tiffany Harker, Katherine Spinella, John Whitten
Moderator: Tarrah Krajnak

Individual “Ask Me Anything” Sessions for Students with Art Panelists
– 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. @ LA 249

Art & Tech Panel Discussion ​​​​​​----- 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. @ LA 261

Panelists: Nic Adenau, Felix Anderson, Karyn Fiebich
Moderator: Michael Salter

Individual “Ask Me Anything” Sessions for Students with Art & Technology Panelists
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. @ LA 249

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Participating Professionals

Becky Chierichetti, BFA ’16, Product Design

Rebecca Chierchetti

By day, I am a user experience researcher and designer working in the Intelligent Systems Research Lab at Intel. My job is to explore the human side of artificial intelligence in technology with a focus on mixed reality and educational experiences. Together with a team of researchers, developers, engineers, and generally creative folks, we explore the application of multi-modal sensing and sense-making to understand user engagements and personalize their experiences. In my free time, I enjoy various creative endeavors such as illustration, 3D modeling, and tinkering. When I’m not working on creative projects, I can be found exploring my beautiful home state by bike and hiking trails.


Sean Kelly, BFA ’11, Product Design

Sean Kelly

Lead Product Designer at Grovemade
Dog Dad since 2012
Human Dad since 2014

Sean may not look it but he graduated from the UO twelve years ago with a BFA in Product Design. Sean spent the majority of the last twelve years working with his friends at Grovemade. During his time there Sean interned working in production, managed production teams, helped grow the company and designed numerous products. While also fitting in a few side hustles here and there. When it comes to his work Sean is a huge nerd for process not only in design but also in business and manufacturing. In the studio and out Sean is always playing. When he is not playing at work he is out and about playing with his family and friends adventuring around Oregon and slurping every ramen he comes across.


Stefán Cristobal


Erick Ikeda, BA '06 (Cal St. Poly Tech - Pomona), Graphic Design/Fine Art // BS '15 (Art Center College of Design), Product Design

Erick Ikeda

My name is Erick Ikeda, born and made in Los Angeles. I was a kid that was always infatuated with hoops, sneakers, graffiti, and cooking. The game of basketball taught me lessons and skills that I still hold firmly to this day; communication, teamwork, and grit. As a little spud as a 9 yr old, watching the “dream team" in the ‘92 Olympics, planted the seed of wanting to become a footwear designer. The thought of helping an athlete through design is where my passions live and burn. It’s where industrial, graphic, apparel, and fashion design all collide and that's exactly where I want to be.


Liz Zarro, BFA ’15, Product Design

Liz Zarro

Liz Zarro is an Independent Industrial Designer specializing in technical soft goods and CMF. She began her career in 2013 as an independent contractor while still in college. In 2015, she earned a BFA in Product Design from the University of Oregon, and joined one of her clients, Ruffwear, as its lead in-house Product Designer. As of 2022, Liz leads initiatives in product design, R&D, strategy, and sustainability. Her process, from initial ideation through to commercialization, is heavily informed by user behavior. Her goal is to create joyful experiences for those who interact with her work.


Moderator: Hale Selek


Kate Ali, BFA '07 (California College of Arts)

Kate Ali

Kate Ali was awarded an Oregon Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship soon after graduating from CCA. She participated in residencies at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and the Gallery Sudoh in Odowara, Japan. After managing public art projects for both herself and her husband Lee Imonen, she worked for the Oregon Arts Commission for five years as a Public Art Project Coordinator. She is currently the Public Art Manager for the City of Eugene actively managing percent for art projects and designing professional development opportunities for artists interested in gaining experience in public art.


Tiffany Harker, BA '19 (San Fransisco State University), Art History

Tiffany Harker

Tiffany Harker is Co-Director of HOLDING Contemporary (2019-present) and Arts Education & Grants Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission. She previously served in the role of Curator-in-Residence for the Center for Art Research at the University of Oregon, Eugene (2021-22), was a Gallery Associate at Elizabeth Leach Gallery (2018-2023) Advisor to the nonprofit arts organization, Gather:Make:Shelter (2018-present). Harker was recently board president of the Contemporary Arts Council at the Portland Art Museum (2020-2022). She has worked in contemporary art museums, galleries, and nonprofit organizations in San Francisco, CA including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Crown Point Press, and Fraenkel Gallery where she was Artist Liaison to the Estate of Diane Arbus, Sophie Calle, Christian Marclay, Alec Soth, and Hiroshi Sugimoto among others. After relocating to Portland, OR in 2016, she was Project Manager for Converge 45's Ann Hamilton's habitus installation and was an Art Mentor for The King School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA) .


Katherine Spinella, MFA '13, Studio Art

Katherine Spinella

Katherine Spinella is a collage-based artist working with print, objects, and digital media. She is co-founder of Carnation Contemporary and co-founding director of Well Well Projects and Thunderstruck Collective. Recently, she completed a collaborative installation named Where the Future Can Meet with artist Marcelo Fontana which explored ideas of the post-image and it’s on-linear way of creating narratives and reality through the use of light, fabric, text, moving, and still image. Her recent exhibitions include The Nexus of Here at Sator Projects in Portland, What’s Different at SOIL in Seattle, and Future Landscapes in Venice, Italy. Spinella currently lives in Portland, OR.


John Whitten, MFA '14, Interdisciplinary Art

John Whitten

John Whitten is an interdisciplinary artist who uses drawing and digital tools to examine the relationship between technology, materiality, and human experience. His artwork mines the philosophical significance of what it means to wander through a sea of signals and noise that envelops our world. His work has been recently exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, and throughout the Pacific Northwest region, and he has been the recipient of numerous grants, residencies, and awards. Whitten co-founded the artist-collective galleries Well Well Projects and Carnation Contemporary and the artist-collective project Thunderstruck. He is an art educator and web developer with his home and studio located in Portland, OR.


Moderator: Tarrah Krajnak


Nic Adenau, BS '13, Digital Arts

Nic Adenau

Nicholas is a content creator and consultant focusing on video and motion design. With over a billion views across his work, he's created content across the digital landscape. Nicholas has been a strategic mind on video content for Nike Training Club, overseen animation systems for Apple Music, built augmented reality experiences for Rick Owens, and started multiple viral TikTok series. He also founded and led the studio team at the digital agency Instrument. He currently runs his own consulting firm.


Felix Anderson, BA '21, Art and Technology

Felix Anderson

I graduated with a BA in Art & Technology, with minors in Comic Studies and Art History. I worked at UO as a student designer from 2018-21, and I currently work at a B2B tech agency called Brand Definition in Portland. In my free time, I volunteer my art and labor to the People’s Housing Project, a community org building emergency shelters for houseless folks here.


karyn fiebich, BA '10, Digital Art

karyn fiebich

karyn fiebich is currently working for a skincare company based in San Fransisco as a digital art director full-time and works from home. fiebich has been in the creative space working for agencies – corporate and freelance – for the last 13 years. On the side, fiebich runs a small business, osa floral, which has been a creative outlet for the last 8 years. 


Moderator: Michael Salter